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The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation was established in 2000 when Sally Roesch Wagner, the leading authority on Gage, brought together a diverse network of people with a common goal: to bring this vitally important suffragist back to her rightful place in history.
The Gage Foundation purchased the home where Gage lived from 1852 until her death
in 1898 and after a million-dollar capital campaign, opened the rehabilitated Gage Home
as the Gage Social Justice Dialogue Center in 2010.
Rather than listening to a canned speech or someone telling you things you may not be interested in, we invite you to explore the Gage Center on your own with a facilitated visit. You will be greeted by a facilitator who will give you some quick directions and invite you to watch an 11- minute orientation film. The facilitator will retreat so you can watch the film and then find your places of interest in each of
the rooms, touching everything, playing the piano, trying on the clothes and taking lots of photos. We’ll give you some guiding ideas on what to notice in each of the rooms.
We bet that you have an idea or an insight we’ve never thought about, which will enhance our Center. Write it on a wall and share it with the facilitator, who will be waiting to chat with you, share information and answer questions whenever you wish. The best question is one that stumps the facilitator. Share it with us, along with your email and we’ll get the answer to you.
2023 FALL HOURS:
Sunday - Tuesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Parking is available along the right side of Walnut St. directly next to the Gage Center.
Please note that Walnut St. is a one-way street.
2023 FALL ADMISSIONS FEES:
Students & Seniors: $5.00
Children (4 & Under): Free
The Amazing Women Plate Series was created by local artists Jen Gandee and Lucie Wellner. The exhibition of handmade commemorative plates celebrates accomplishments and contributions to society by amazing women and features a plate of Matilda Joslyn Gage.
Plates on view are for sale through the Gage Center's gift shop. Please email us directly at email@example.com or stop by during our regular hours to place an order or learn more. To place an order for plates, contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition will be on display through Spring 2024.
*This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.
Matilda Joslyn Gage, (1826-1898)
Matilda Joslyn Gage, (1826-1898) along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
formed the leadership triumvirate of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). The
three women edited the first three volumes of the History of Woman Suffrage and Gage
published the NWSA paper for four years, documenting women’s great accomplishments despite
the discrimination and oppression they faced. A committed abolitionist who opened her home as
a stop on the Underground Railroad, she challenged the laws of her nation, risking arrest and
imprisonment by helping freedom takers escape to freedom.
Gage wrote about the superior position of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women and supported
treaty rights and Native sovereignty. Influenced by the Haudenosaunee egalitarian nations, she
in turn influenced the utopian feminist vision of her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, in his fourteen
Oz books. A supporter of a woman’s right to her body, Gage exposed sex trafficking and sexual
abuse by the priesthood in1893. Written out of history for her scathing denunciation of
evangelical Christianity’s key role in the oppression of women, Gage is, according to Gloria
Steinem, “the woman who was ahead of the women who were ahead of their time.”
While most historic homes tell the story of the people who lived there, each room in the Gage Center is instead dedicated to a social justice commitment
of Matilda Joslyn Gage.
Through these rooms, the activism of Gage and its current relevance
When Susan B. Anthony was convicted of the crime of voting 150 years ago, Matilda Joslyn Gage played a major role in the trial, before, during and after. She created the legal argument for the campaign of non-violent civil disobedience in which suffragists voted or attempted to for years before and after Anthony. She spoke, along with Anthony, throughout the county where the trial was to be held and probably wrote Anthony’s speech as well as her own. Sitting with Anthony throughout the trial, Gage wrote up the judge’s illegal actions after he found her guilty. The story of Anthony’s arrest is told over and over but Gage’s supporting role has been forgotten.
Until now. Hot off the press,
“LIBERTY AND SUFFRAGE FOR ALL;
MATILDA JOSLYN GAGE AT THE TRIAL OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY”by Tracy Allen
tells the story of Gage’s work about the trial for the first time.
Inspired by Tracy’s story, Melissa Smith created a StoryMap documenting all the places Gage spoke before the trial, educating potential jurors about the importance of the case.
Melissa is generously making this StoryMap available to anyone who
wants to use it or share it.
Watch Tracy Allen, Author of “LIBERTY AND SUFFRAGE FOR ALL; MATILDA JOSLYN GAGE AT THE TRIAL OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY”
and Melissa Smith, creator of the Story Map, share the story of their joint adventure in creating history.
Moderated by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner.
The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
We acknowledge that we are on the land of the
sovereign Onondaga Nation.
This land holds the cultural DNA and the Spirit of the First People
of this place: “The Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse.”
They are still here and they continue to carry on their ancient
responsibility for their land.
We stand in solidarity with the Onondaga Nation and support their
continuing struggle for the recognition of this land as theirs. We
are committed to the work to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery,
the Papal Bulls which gave religious sanction to the taking of the
land by the European settler people.
This commitment is in keeping with the mission of the Gage
Foundation to follow Gage’s instruction: “Upon you has fallen the
glorious task of bringing liberty to the earth
and all the inhabitants thereof."
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
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